Hypolite v. Zariora et al
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO AMEND PRETRIAL ORDER AND WITNESS LIST (Doc. 106) signed by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on May 18, 2017. (Munoz, I)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S
MOTION TO AMEND PRETRIAL
ORDER AND WITNESS LIST (Doc. 106)
Defendant R. Zamora, by and through counsel, filed an ex parte motion on May 18, 2017, for
14 leave to amend the pretrial order and his exhibit list to include the prior declarations or statements of
15 Fred Gordon, Egnacio Joshua, and Jesse Washington. Doc. 106. The Court has reviewed Defendant’s
16 motion, and for the reasons stated below, Defendant’s motion is GRANTED.
Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has been shown extreme leniency as regards deadlines in this case. Of
18 particularly relevance to the instant motion, on April 24, 2017, the Court granted Plaintiff additional
19 time to file motions to allow Mr. Joshua and Mr. Washington to testify, despite Plaintiff’s failure to meet
20 his deadline to file a supporting declaration. Doc. 84. The Court denied Plaintiff’s May 1, 2017, motion,
21 but nevertheless considered and granted Plaintiff’s renewed motion filed on May 4, 2017. Docs. 90, 92,
22 93. The declarations supporting Plaintiff’s successful motion are the same declarations which
23 Defendant now wishes to add to his exhibit list. In the interest of fairness and equal treatment, and in
24 order “to prevent manifest injustice” in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 16(e), the
25 Court find that Defendant’s motion should be granted.
Therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the pretrial order (Doc. 81) and Defendant’s exhibit
list (Doc. 105) shall be amended to include the declarations or statements of inmate witnesses Fred
Gordon, Egnacio Joshuam, and Jesse Washington as exhibits for Defendant’s use in connection with the
cross-examination of the aforementioned witnesses.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill _____
May 18, 2017
UNITED STATES CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE
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